The internet has, of course, completely lost it at Drag Race UK
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is finally here after what feels like years of teases, trailers and speculation, and the memes have of course been quick to follow.
Ten queens embodying the best of Britain’s charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent entered the werk room for the very first time, and what followed was an hour full of camp, crass and downright brilliant television.
Naturally, all sense of restraint and stiff upper lip-ness went out of the door before the opening credits had even rolled.
— RuPaul’s Drag Race UK ?? (@rpdrukfans) October 3, 2019
With Kat Slater quotes, Kim Woodburn impressions and a mini challenge involving one queen birthing herself, fans were overjoyed.
I LOVE how fucking crass and ridiculous and British #DragRaceUK is – no saccharine American over-production, just pure British irreverence, tits out and all! This is OUR drag race, not a cheap localised imitation. What a brilliant first episode!!
— Alexander Leon (@alxndrleon) October 3, 2019
Drag Race UK
1. It’s better than I ever imagined
2. The Brits are just pure filth
3. The Vivienne looks like Noel Fielding, it’s amazing
4. Sum Ting Wong sounds like Nick Frost & she is epic
5. So there is no prize money & the winner of ep 1 got a pin badge ? #DragRaceUK pic.twitter.com/E40nwsluPy
— A Twenty Something Lesbian (@nicbeanquest) October 3, 2019
— Rhianna Williamson (@iisbaeii) October 3, 2019
…to the bear-skinned Brit Crew…
— Steven Kelly (@StevenKelly82) October 3, 2019
…viewers were blown away.
Me to the producer of Drag Race UK pic.twitter.com/XeqLRSQQW3
— Mrs Phil Perry MBE (@MrsPhilPerry) October 4, 2019
Special praise was reserved for Alan Carr, who gave us the read of the night.
‘She looked like an estate agent that’s gone to Regents Park Zoo and said could you paint my face for 50p and then she’s gone back into work and gone what do you think girls? Grrrr.’@AlanCarr was born to be on #DragRaceUK and I can’t. stop. laughing. pic.twitter.com/6XvbBkU9k1
— SHANE (@shane_reaction_) October 3, 2019
Guest judge Andrew Garfield was also hailed a brilliant addition to the judging table, as he delivered a series of expert puns and flirty critiques.
— Kristina Bessell ✨ (@kristinabessell) October 3, 2019
There were concerns for overseas viewers, who may well struggle with some of the lingo used.
international fans watching drag race and hearing “shag” “knockers” “trollop” “knickers” “chav” “slag” “minging”
— ¢αѕѕιє ✨ (@bloodyni3haus) October 4, 2019
But for the most part, Britons were just pleased to finally have a Drag Race to call their own.
— Josh (@j0shwaterfield) October 3, 2019
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK continues Thursdays on BBC iPlayer.